A Fort Calhoun, Nebraska man, whose emaciated dog died after it was left in subzero temperatures with wind chills to match, has been banned from owning or caring for any pets for the next five years. According to the Pilot-Tribune & Enterprise, Jason Franke. 42, pleaded no contest in May to intentional animal cruelty – a Class 1 misdemeanor, after a plea deal. In addition, Judge John E. Samson sentenced Franke to 18 months probation, a $1,000 fine and ordered him to serve 250 hours of community service at an animal shelter.
Washington County Attorney Scott Vander Schaff asked the judge to sentence Franke to jail.
“He believes the trigger is he didn’t come home on a snowy night. This happened over a period of time,” Schaff argued at the Washington County District Court on Tuesday.
In January, Franke was charged with animal cruelty and neglect resulting in the death of one of his dogs. Washington County Sheriff Department deputies were called by a neighbor in reference to an animal cruelty report. Upon their arrival, authorities found the dog, named Daisy deceased and another dog running around in the yard. The temperatures had been recorded in the single digits with wind chill factors below zero; neither dog had access to any shelter, food or water. The deceased dog was described as a large dog with short, gray fur. Although the neighbor tried to feed the dogs, the dog that died appeared “sickly.
All that could be found to protect the dogs from the inclement weather at the property located on County Road 28 was an outbuilding that had a hole in it. The small dog that survived was able to squeeze into the protected area, however the big dog couldn’t fit and was left out in the brutal weather – both malnourished and freezing to death.
Franke apologized to the judge stating he made a huge mistake and wished he could bring Daisy back – doesn’t happen Franke, and Daisy’s life ended because of your neglect and abuse. Rest in peace Daisy.
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